Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 656 pages, 7.84 × 5.12 × 1.2 in
Published: August 27, 2002
Publisher: Penguin UK Juvenile
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0140366784
ISBN - 13: 9780140366785
From the Publisher
Jane Eyre is a wildly emotional romance with a lonely heroine and a tormented Byronic hero, pathetic orphans, dark secrets, and a madwoman in the attic. When it was
published in 1847, it was a great popular success. The power of the writing, the masterly
handling of the narrative, and the boldly realistic style were much admired. But many found it difficult to believe that Currer Bell, the pseudonymous author, was Charlotte Brontë , a young woman from a bleak Yorkshire parsonage.
From the Jacket
Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte''s most enduring masterpiece, the unforgettable tale of an orphan girl''s ardent search for a wider and richer life. Originally published in 1847, it was an immediate popular success, but it also caused a storm of controversy. Bronte''s firm insistence on the equality of the sexes and her prescient creation of one of literature''s most independent heroines shocked many of her contemporaries. This surprisingly modern sensibility, combined with Bronte''s magical use of language and her incandescent storytelling, makes the novel particularly rewarding and accessible today. Set in England''s lonely moors and peopled with such memorable characters as the brooding Mr. Rochester, passionate yet melancholy, and the keeper of a terrible secret; the hypocritical Mr. Brocklehurst, a dour "black marble clergyman"; Helen Burns, Jane''s beloved but doomed young friend; Bertha, the famous madwoman in the attic; and of course, its incomparable heroine, Jane Eyre has rightfully taken its place among our greatest literary works.
About the Author
Charlotte Bronte, the third of six children, was born April 21, 1816, to the Reverend Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell Bronte in Yorkshire, England. Along with her sisters, Emily and Anne, she produced some of the most impressive writings of the 19th century. The Brontes lived in a time when women used pseudonyms to conceal their female identity, hence Bronte's pseudonym, Currer Bell. Charlotte Bronte was only five when her mother died of cancer. In 1824, she and three of her sisters attended the Clergy Daughter's School in Cowan Bridge. The inspiration for the Lowood School in the classic Jane Eyre was formed by Bronte's experiences at the Clergy Daughter's School. Her two older sisters died of consumption because of the malnutrition and harsh treatment they suffered at the school. Charlotte and Emily Bronte returned home after the tragedy. The Bronte sisters fueled each other's creativity throughout their lives. As young children, they wrote long stories together about a complex imaginary kingdom they created from a set of wooden soldiers. In 1846, Charlotte Bronte, with her sisters Emily and Anne published a thin volume titled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. In the same year, Charlotte Bronte attempted to publish her novel, The Professor, but was rejected. One year later, she published Jane Eyre, which was instantly well received. Charlotte Bronte's life was touched by tragedy many times. Despite several proposals of marriage, she did not accept an offer until 185
From Our Editors
For all she was supposed to be - so plain, docile and small - Jane Eyre was a woman with intelligence, spirit and a preternatural sense of gender equality and social fairness. Charlotte Bronte’s extraordinary ability to capture the faintest flicker of emotion in her young heroine and her seeming opposite, the passionate and rash Mr. Rochester, renders Jane Eyre a highly enjoyable, romantic and rich classic of English literature. Available in a Puffin edition for younger readers, this text will enlighten contemporary readers as to the true hardships women faced if they chose not to marry themselves off to a suitable mate. It also, in exquisite description and wonderful snippets of pathetic fallacy, builds the mood as Jane’s love for Mr. Rochester inevitably leads to the disclosure of his dreadful, well-kept secret — a murderous madwoman lurking in the dark halls with an irrevocable connection to Jane’s true love.